Updated: Cisco Shuts Down Eos Social Platform

We’re hearing that Cisco is shutting down Eos, a social publishing platform aimed at media and entertainment companies, as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts. While Eos was by all accounts a cool service, shuttering it is a smart move from a strategic perspective.

Flip Founder: People Still Want Single Purpose Devices

Pure Digital CEO Jonathan Kaplan sold the Flip video recorder maker to Cisco in 2009 for $590 million. Today, Cisco shut down the video maker and laid off 550 employees. Kaplan shares his thoughts about the news and argues that smartphone didn’t kill the Flip.

The Rise and Fall of Flip: What Went Wrong

Just two years after its acquisition of Pure Digital, Cisco has officially given up on its Flip line of video cameras. But with the shutdown of its consumer video camera business, Cisco is also closing the book on a pretty extraordinary change in personal video creation.

The End: Cisco Shuts Down Flip, a $590 Million Mistake

Cisco is giving up on its barely two-year-old $590 million purchase of Pure Digital Technologies, announcing today that it is closing its Flip business unit and cutting 550 employees as part of a larger restructuring aimed at refocusing the company on its core networking business.

Pure Digital CEO Leaving Cisco; Was Flip Deal a Flop?

Less than two years after it bought the maker of the Flip video camera franchise for a cool $590 million, the former CEO of Pure Digital is heading for the exits. With Jonathan Kaplan’s departure, it’s time to review the acquisition.

UPDATED: Flip Cameras to Get Wi-Fi?

UPDATED: The next iteration of Flip (s CSCO) video cameras will reportedly be WiFi-enabled, allowing users to wirelessly upload their videos. Pocket Lint first broke the news, and CrunchGear claims to have confirmed it. This next-gen Flip will also reportedly have a slide-out screen that reveals the record and menu buttons underneath — the screen will not, however, be a touchscreen. Update: We had a chance to speak with a few Cisco/Flip reps this morning who said they had not confirmed this news and would not comment on any upcoming products.
The addition of Wi-Fi will would be a nice touch for the video camera, and an appropriate marriage with parent company Cisco’s (s csco) networking tech. (Perhaps the Wi-Fi will even tie into the mysterious forthcoming Flip set-top box.) But the bigger question plaguing the entire Flip line is just how much life is left in a standalone product. Decent video-recording capabilities are being embedded in phones like the Droid, iPhone and iPod Nano. As we learned earlier this year, the video quality of the Nano doesn’t quite match up to the Flip cam yet, but that’s a big yet. Will people want to carry around a dedicated video camera when their phone will do just fine for capturing spontaneous moments?
When we’ve spoken with Flip reps in the past they’ve put on a brave face and said that there is enough room for lots of players in the space, but it’s hard to believe that. With multipurpose devices getting better at shooting video and the high-end HD cameras dropping in price, the better-than-good-but-not-great Flips are getting squeezed out.

Flip Video Set-top Box Unearthed?

Flip (s CSCO) video cameras are known for being stupidly simple, but the product’s migration to the big screen looks to be a pretty complicated affair, if what Dave Zatz is reporting is true. Flipping through FCC product announcements, Zatz found a “FlipShare TV” product manual.

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From the looks of it, the set-up has three components: a box you plug into your TV, a remote control and a USB stick. Plug the USB stick into your computer and the box into your TV (via composite or HDMI) and wirelessly stream recorded video to your television. No other details, such as a ship date or pricing, were included. When we contacted Cisco for comment, a rep emailed us with:

We do not comment on alleged products coming to market. As with all our products, we will announce through proper disclosure channels when products are ready and available to our customers.

Granted, we know next to nothing about this supposed box, but it seems clumsy for the usually elegant Flip line. And while this product appears to be targeting families that want to share video easily and may not want to upload it to the Internet, do people really want yet another box under their TV for the sole purpose of watching home movies? Plus any simplicity you gain from not uploading is essentially lost when you have to use two separate devices. It would be cool to see Flip develop its own Roku channel and eliminate the extra set-top hardware. We’ll see if a formal announcement comes in time for the holiday season.

Hands-On: iPod Nano vs. Flip SD

We were intrigued and excited about the addition of a video camera to the iPod nano (s AAPL) this week. Apple threw the gauntlet down against the Flip (s CSCO) in the battle to get stupidly simple video cameras into the hands of consumers. But how do the two compare when used literally side-by-side? We got our hands on the nano to find out.
First, Liz walks you through the basics of the new nano. In a nutshell: odd camera placements ruin the otherwise svelte package that’s perfect for any pocket.
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We got the new nano while at our sold-out GigaOM Mobilize conference earlier this week. I always have my Flip on me, so we pressed the two next to each other and shot some outdoor, indoor, quiet, noisy footage. (Note: the audio from this comparison is only from the nano, not from the Flip, mixing the two was getting too complicated in the editing). Overall — the Flip offered a MUCH better picture both indoor and out, providing way more detail in the image. The Flip microphone was also a little more discerning in our test, able to distinguish our subject’s voice in a crowded room much better than the Nano. (Update: I was remiss in pointing out earlier that I was using a Flip Ultra SD.)
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Pure Launches Flip Channels for Easier Video Sharing

FlipSharePure Digital (now part of Cisco (s CSCO)) released an update to the FlipShare software found on Flip video cameras this evening that allows users to share videos online through Flip Channels.

Channels let you collect, post and share videos shot with your Flip camera. Using the FlipShare desktop app, users create a channel, add the email addresses of the people they want included and drag and drop the videos to be shared. The desktop software then automatically uploads the video to FlipShare.com. Once it’s fully uploaded, an alert is sent out to people you’ve designated with a link to watch the video on the PC, iPhone and eventually TVs.

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